An early entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration.
Career Highlights: As a senior, won the Bob Cousy Award and ACC Player of the Year honors. A First-Team All-American by The Sporting News. One of 30 midseason selections for the Naismith Award. Finished his career at Maryland second all-time in scoring (2,171) and assists (772). Only Terp in history with 500 rebounds and 500 assists. Had four career 30-point games. Played for the Venezuelan National team at the 2007 and 2009 FIBA Americas Tournament, averaging 12.1 and 9.8 points per game, respectively. In a 2007 loss to the U.S., scored a team-high 12 points while often matching up with Kobe Bryant.
Senior (2009-10): Averaged 19.6 points, 6.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds. ACC Player of the Year and Bob Cousy Award recipient. Among ACC leaders in points (2nd), free throw percentage (2nd), 3FG (3rd), assists (1st) and steals (4th). Ranked fifth nationally in assists (6.3 apg). Earned ACC Player of the Week for fourth time on the season after registering a career-high 41 points, seven rebounds and six assists in double-overtime win at Virginia Tech. In the Second-Round of the NCAA Tournament vs. Michigan State, posted 10 of his game-high 26 points in the final 1:53 as Terps rallied from nine-point deficit to twice take the lead. In a win over No. 4 Duke, tallied nine of his 20 points in the final 5:10. Had 30 points and a season-high tying eight rebounds vs. Virginia, scoring 25 on 10-of-13 shooting by halftime. At Florida State, led Terps in points (23), rebounds (7), assists (7). Earned ACC and ESPN.com National Player of the Week Feb. 22 after guiding Maryland to three conference wins. Named ACC Player of the Week for Dec. 28 after three straight games of 20-plus points.
Junior (2008-09): Led Terps in scoring (17.5), rebounds (5.4), assists (5.0) and steals (1.4). Named Second Team All-ACC for the second straight season. The sixth player in ACC history and first Terp to pace his team in points, rebounds and assists in a season. No other ACC player earned more conference player of the week honors (3) than he. Registered the first triple-double by a Maryland player in 21 years with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over No. 3 North Carolina. Opened the game by scoring the Terapins’ first 16 points and finished it with eight of his team’s 12 overtime points, including the go-ahead three-pointer at 1:16. Totaled 27 points and five rebounds in NCAA Tournament First Round win over California.
Sophomore (2007-08): Averaged 17.0 points, 6.8 assists and 5.7 rebounds. Named Second Team All-ACC. Led league in assists. Named ESPN Player of the Week Feb. 11 after recording a school-record and career-best 15 assists vs. NC State. Also scored 13 points and grabbed nine boards, one short of recording the second triple-double in school history. Tallied 25 points and seven assists against Duke. Had 24 points and eight assists against Wake Forest. Totaled 25 points, nine rebounds and seven assists vs. Virginia Tech, Scored 12 points and had 11 assists against North Carolina. Scored 28 points vs. American.
Freshman (2006-07): Started 22-of-34 games, posting 9.8 points and 4.6 assists on the year. Named Honorable Mention All-ACC, and to the ACC All-Freshmen team. Ranked sixth in the ACC in assists per game (4.6) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7). Had a season-high 18-points as the Terps hosted Duke as well as 13 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds during a visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tallied 17 points at Illinois. Earned ACC Rookie of the Week Feb. 19 after 15-point, six-assist performance at N.C. State and a 15-point, 11-assist night at Clemson.
Strengths: A crafty and fearless player. Excellent distributor. Capable scorer. Enjoys pressure situations. Tenacious defender.
Personal: Attended the NBA’s Basketball without Borders program in Brazil in 2004. Spoke no English when he first arrived in the U.S. as a high school student. Was a prep teammate of Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant.